Book Review: Gerimis Rindu
“The more you deny love, the more you strengthen its presence in your life.”
I’ve been a great fan of Meen Zulaikha’s novels after reading my all-time favourite, Warna Hati. There are many novelist in this country, but Meen is one writer everyone should lookout for because her writings are gently impactful right to the core of one’s heart. She doesn’t shove a message right to your face with her writings; she changes your heart slowly but surely through the pages of her novels. And that’s the wonderful thing about her writings. It’s always so beautifully crafted to tell you something subconsciously while you enjoy the story that carries the message through.
In Gerimis Rindu, Meen tells of a story about a rebellious young woman who is caught between doing what is right and wrong. Ailani was brought up by her grandma whom she loved dearly as her family has abandoned her after the death of her mother. When her grandma died in a tragic accident, not only did Ailani blamed herself for the lost, so did the rest of the family. Broken-hearted, she left home to begin a new life on her own. She is determined to be an independent person, to do things right, to make her life wholesome again.
Ailani’s life is thrown into a ride of ups and downs when she accepted the job to be Dato’ Rahim’s personal driver. Despite the norm of having male drivers, Dato’ Rahim likes having Ailani around. To him, she is a capable woman who, if given the opportunity, could excel in her career. So he promoted her to be his personal assistant. However, his son, Fatimi is not pleased with his father’s sudden interest in Ailani. He thinks that she is trying to cheat his family’s money. And so, Fatimi plots a plan to make her stumble.
I really do think that this story could have used a better title; Gerimis Rindu certainly didn’t bring out the kind of story hidden between its pages because there is something more exciting going on in the plot. For example, how men’s ego can stop him from confessing love and almost losing it, or what happens when a person can’t decide their sexuality, or how assumptions can cause a whole lot of confusions at the end of the day. It’s a brilliant read. And nothing about the title could change the excellence in it. Well done, Meen!
Synopsis (from author’s blog) – in Malay
AILANI dibesarkan oleh neneknya dengan penuh kemanjaan dan kemewahan. Apa sahaja yang diingini akan dipenuhi. Akibatnya, dia menjadi liar dan gemar berlumba kereta haram. Tragedi bermula apabila Ailani terlibat dalam kemalangan yang menyebabkan neneknya terbunuh. Seluruh keluarga menyalahkannya atas kejadian itu. Pertelingkahan ini menyebabkan Ailani menjadi pelarian.
Atas desakan hidup, dia menjadi pemandu teksi limousin airport. Biarpun jiwa mudanya memberontak, namun semuanya terpaksa dilakukan untuk menyara diri. Konfl ik terus berlaku bila Ailani menjadi pemandu peribadi Dato’ Rahim. Dia rasa terhina dengan sikap dingin dan sinikal Fatimi, anak lelaki tokoh korporat itu.
Di mata Fatimi pula, gadis ego seperti Ailani hanya berniat untuk mengikis kekayaan ayahnya dengan terbongkarnya rahsia sekeping cek. Dia makin rasa tercabar bila gadis itu dilantik pula sebagai pembantu khas ayahnya. Bagi Fatimi, Ailani mesti dihalang. Lalu dia merencanakan sesuatu. Ailani pula sudah bersedia untuk menghadapi tindakan Fatimi.
Note: Reviews are based on foundations stated HERE.